I am a member of the Criminal Justice Centre at the School of Law, teaching and researching in the field of criminal law and criminal justice.
My research interests
My main professional and research interest is in wrongful convictions. My doctoral research, 'A plea of convenience? An examination of the guilty plea in England & Wales' (completed in 2016) looked at the ways in which the criminal justice system creates a significant risk that innocent defendants will plead guilty and then fails to offer an adequate remedy.
My fieldwork looked at plea advice given to defendants by defence lawyers and at the treatment of defendants by the courts at plea hearings. I also examined the limitations on appeal against guilty plea conviction and conducted fieldwork at the Criminal Cases Review Commission. This phase of the work considered the CCRC's response to applications from those who had pleaded guilty.
My thesis is available online. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information about this research.
My previous research
The extent and impact of legal representation on applications to the CCRC
In 2008/2009 I conducted research with Professor Jacqueline Hodgson and produced a report on the role of legal representation in applications to the CCRC. This research was funded by the Legal Services Commission and can be viewed on the following link: The extent and impact of legal representation on applications to the CCRC. In July 2009, with Jackie Hodgson, I delivered a paper at the British Criminology Conference in Cardiff, outlining findings from this research.
Plea bargains, guilty pleas and the consequences for appeal in England and Wales
This article examines the treatment of guilty pleas by the appeal courts in England & Wales and anticipates the further work on this subject in my doctoral thesis. It can be viewed on the following link: University of Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2013/10 (Special Plea Bargaining Edition, editor Jackie Hodgson).
Imagining more than just a prisoner: the work of Prisoners' Penfriends
Launched at the House of Lords in April 2015, this report examines a prisoner letter-writing scheme. The research, which I conducted with Professor Jacqueline Hodgson, suggests that the scheme is likely to provide significant benefits to prisoners in terms of their well-being while in prison and, by connecting them with 'the world outside', help them in preparing for life after prison. The report can be found on the following link: Imagining more than just a prisoner.
I qualified as a solicitor in the criminal department of a large commercial law firm before joining the Criminal Cases Review Commission as a case review manager. In that role I investigated and reviewed alleged miscarriages of justice, most of them involving very serious offences. Since 2008 I have been teaching Criminal Law and researching at Warwick School of Law.
Influencing policy and practice
Response to Sentencing Council Consultation on Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea
This response to the Sentencing Council's proposed new guideline on reductions in sentences for guilty pleas drew on my doctoral research. It can be viewed on the following link: Sentencing Council consultation submission. The Sentencing Council is currently reviewing the proposed guideline in the light of the many responses received.Sentencing Council consultation submission.
Response to House of Commons Justice Committee enquiry on the work of the CCRC
This written evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee enquiry on the work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission led to co-author, Professor Jacqueline Hodgson, giving oral evidence to the Committee in January 2015. It can be read on the following link: Justice Committee Enquiry submission
Written evidence to the joint investigation by the Howard League for Penal Reform and Centre for Mental Health into preventing prisoner suicide
Together with Professor Jacqueline Hodgson, I submitted written evidence, based on our research concerning the Prisoners' Penfriends organisation, to the joint investigation by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Centre for Mental Health into preventing prisoner suicide.
Training for lawyers
As a consequence of our previous research at the CCRC, Professor Jacqueline Hodgson and I ran a training event for defence lawyers on representing applicants to the CCRC. This event was run at Warwick University in July 2013 in conjuction with the CCRC and drew on our research findings. Warwick/CCRC training event
Warwick Criminal Justice Centre
I am a member of Warwick's Criminal Justice Centre, a research centre devoted to the development of research and teaching in criminal justice. It provides the focus for a range of research activities including conferences, workshops and other events. Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in criminal justice are also organised through the Centre. The CJC's website can be reached on the following link: CJC website
Dr Juliet Horne
The University of Warwick
School of Law
J dot S dot Horne at warwick dot ac dot uk